Something for the weekend. The song Thanks for the Memory made immortal by comedian Bob Hope. One of the great stand up comedians of all time, Hope was also a true patriot:
For fifty years Bob Hope entertained US troops, from 1941-1991, from World War 2 to the Gulf War. He brought old jokes, delivered in an unforgettable style, beautiful starlets, and a touch of home to troops far away from home. As long as there is a US military Bob Hope will never be forgotten. I have had many veterans tear up when recalling attending a Bob Hope show in a war zone, a bright moment in a fairly grim period of their lives.
By the time of World War II Hope was 38 and too old to likely be assigned to a combat area. He got around that by spending much of his time during the War entertaining troops in combat zones, occasionally coming under fire. Hope’s genius as a comedian was a rare gift; a willingness to spend a half century entertaining American troops was a worthy way of using that gift.